Workshop: Transitioning to Agile for Other Managers

Workshop Objective: Maybe your team has come to you with a request/demand to do “Agile.” But you can’t tell what you’ll get if they do. If you’ve become accustomed to the artifacts from a phase gate lifecycle (or even a strictly iterative or strictly incremental lifecycle), moving to iterative/incremental development is quite difficult. Not only is …

Workshop: Transitioning to Agile Across the Organization

Workshop Objective: Maybe your team has come to you with a request/demand to do “Agile.” But you can’t tell what you’ll get if they do. If you’ve become accustomed to the artifacts from a phase gate lifecycle (or even a strictly iterative or strictly incremental lifecycle), moving to iterative/incremental development is quite difficult. Not only is …

Workshop: How to Transition to Agile for Project Managers and Teams

Workshop Objective: If you’ve been reading the software engineering literature, you know that Agile is all the rage. But moving from a phase gate lifecycle (or even a strictly iterative or strictly incremental lifecycle) to iterative/incremental development is quite difficult. Not only is the project planning different from planning up front, but moving from technical practices …

Manage It! Pragmatic Project Management Workshop

Workshop Objective: After this workshop, you will be able to develop appropriate project plans for a software project and execute those plans, reviewing risks, and making appropriate tradeoffs. This workshop is based on my project management book: Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management. Workshop Overview: This workshop presents project leadership planning and implementation for sofware-oriented …

Agile and Lean Program Management: Collaborating Across the Organization

Workshop Objective: If you’re managing multiple concurrent projects or a series of releases, you’re managing programs. This workshop will help you learn multiple approaches to uniting your projects or keeping your series of releases on track using agile approaches. Workshop Overview: Program managers make the strategic decisions across the organization for the good of the total product. …

Behind Closed Doors: Managing One-on-One Workshop

A Refreshing Learning Experience for Software Managers A management workshop developed and led by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby based on their popular and pragmatic book, Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. More than salary, perks, or a spacious cubicle, an employee’s relationship with his or her direct supervisor determines work satisfaction and productivity. A …

Workshop: An Agile Approach to Organizational Change

Workshop Objective: Understand how agile changes the culture of your organization. Now that you are transitioning to a more transparent culture, what do you need to do? Agile is a journey of continuous improvement. How can you prepare for an emergent project? Workshop Overview: Are you transitioning to agile, changing your organization in a profound way, …

Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects Workshop

Workshop Objective: You’ve started the transition to Scrum or some other agile lifecycle for your projects. You can see that it’s working well for the teams. And, now you realize you still have problems. You still have emergency projects. Or, you have emergency fixes. Or, you have specialists that have to be on more than one …

Using Lifecycles to Design Your Project

Workshop Objective: If you’re dreading the next project—because you know it will be a disaster, or at the very least uncomfortable—it’s time to think about designing your next project. We’re accustomed to thinking about designing products or tests, but projects? Is it really possible to design a project? Yes. Lifecycles, those idealized approaches to organizing projects …